Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Lipidomics developing shared resource core


The Lipidomics developing shared resource core is a key focal point for development of a sustainable critical mass of expertise in lipid signaling and state of the art analytical techniques.

Location and instrumentation

The laboratory is located in newly renovated space on the second floor of Sanger Hall and is built around two tandem triple quadrupole/linear ion trap mass spectrometers, a high-end Applied Biosystems 4000 Q-TRAP and an Applied Biosystems 3200 Q-TRAP. These instruments have the necessary resolution and sensitivity for a broad range of qualitative and quantitative lipid and metabolite analyses required for exhaustive characterization of lipid signaling molecules and metabolic pathways.





 Q-TRAP 3200



The 4000 Q-TRAP is the standard instrument selected for its unique capabilities by the NIH-funded LIPIDMAPS Consortium. While the 3200 Q-TRAP has lower sensitivity and a narrower mass range than the 4000 Q-TRAP, it is similar in operation and has similar capabilities, allowing its use for less demanding analyses or for training or teaching purposes.



Q-TRAP 4000





Contact information

For further information about the Lipidomics developing shared resource, please contact the resource director, Dr. Sarah Spiegel.

Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D.
resource director 
(804) 828-9762


All publications that include results, services or products generated by VCU Massey Cancer Center Shared Resources must include the following acknowledgement in the manuscript:

"Services and products in support of the research project were generated by the VCU Massey Cancer Center Lipidomics Shared Resource, supported, in part, with funding from NIH-NCI Cancer Center Support Grant  P30 CA016059."

PubMed Central (PMC) ID numbers are required for those publications that use CCSG-supported shared resources. All of Massey Cancer Center's shared resources are supported by the CCSG. Information to assist you with this process can be found here